Hi everyone. I just joined google groups so hello! Ok, I just ripped
out my wed-bed tile bathroom (what a PAIN) and I am now down to the
floor boards. I am going to put in plywood as my subfloor (3/4"). My
question is, I am having a HARD time with cutting it to fit right. I
have some weird pertrusions in my walls as well as my pipes coming out
of the floor.
Any suggestions on cutting the plywood? Someone suggested
template...any thoughts or tricks of the trade?
I like tick sticking. Scroll down to the picture, it's easier to
understand than by reading the wordy explanation. It's one of those
thing where you can mark the tic stick quickly using a couple pieces of
scrap, layout the tick/template on the work piece and cut a perfect fit
every time. It's one of those things that other guys on the site will
see you do and, after seeing a quick effortless cut, ask "How'd you do
that? Show me."
On "Ask this Old House" they were laying vinyl tile in an odd shaped
What he did was similar to what you did. Take builder's paper, took
his square up against each wall (the square was 2" wide) and
transferred the line from the wall to the paper, which made the line on
the paper 2" shorter in all directions due to the width of the square.
Taped the paper on the tile he was cutting, then retransferred the line
again using his square so that the line was 2" LARGER than the
template. Then cut on the line.
Use the method used by countertop installers. Rip a bunch of 1/8 hardboard
strips about 2 to 3 inches wide. Cut them to length to fit with sheet metal
snips and glue them into an outline template with hot melt glue. Add braces
and surround areas for pipes (with gaps to remove the template, if needed)
and use to cut your plywood.
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